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Considered his masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter is Hawthorne's story of Hester Prynne and her daughter, Pearl, conceived through an adulterous affair with a Puritan pastor in 17th century Boston. From start to finish, the book explores the themes of law, guilt, and sin. Since its appearance in 1850, this magnificent book has been a perennial favorite among young and old, though it was extremely controversial when it was first published.
Henry James described the novel thusly: "It is beautiful, admirable, extraordinary; it has in the highest degree that merit which I have spoken of as the mark of Hawthorne's best things - an indefinable purity and lightness of conception. One can often return to it; it supports familiarity and has the inexhaustible charm and mystery of great works of art."
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2 out of 5 stars
By Publicagent on 12-22-15

No Introduction??? It's a part of the novel!

Sometimes Audible really drops the ball. My guess is that someone who doesn't know anything about the Scarlet Letter presumes that the introduction is nonfiction and therefore extraneous. It is not. It is part of the novel. As I started listening to this, I was wondering if I had the wrong book until I realized that the introduction has been cut in its entirety. It's also quite a substantial introduction. It ends on page 65 of the book that I have in the house. It places everything in context and it's a big reason why this book was so successful. What are we expected to do? Scavenge through all of the copies to figure out which ones have the introduction? If they always read the entire texts, there would be no issues. Cutting corners is happening too frequently. Please, don't.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David Hopkins on 11-01-15

Awesome!

A masterpiece both in word and performance. Hawthorne weaves the tale while Griffin makes it come alive.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Tom on 07-07-17

Good story but let down by narration

This is an intriguing story which gives a fascinating glimpse into the social lives and moral challenges of the early US settlers.

Unfortunately the narration doesn't do the story justice and is for the most part distracting The female voices are bizarre and off putting so that I couldn't fully immerse myself in the story.

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